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Celosia cristata, Cockscomb
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  • Description: Celosia is widely cultivated as a bedding plant annual and for cut flowers.

  • Origin: Probably native to tropical Asia.

  • Height x width: Some dwarf strains are no more than 6 inches tall; old-fashioned bedding strains are about 2 feet tall.

  • Growth habit: Upright.

  • Foliage: Alternate, simple, strongly veined.

  • Flowers: Celosia has evolved into numerous forms, including the Cristata group with bizarre wavy crests of fused flower stalks in a range of hot colors and the Plumosa group with erect, plume-like heads that are also available in many colors. Differences among groups occur in the structure of the heads of the small flowers, which have undergone proliferation and deformation.

  • Culture: Heat tolerant; grow in full sun and well-drained soil.

  • Pests and problems: Leaf spots, stem rot.

  • Uses: Bedding plant, cut flower, dried flower.

  • Propagation: Seed.

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